The Utah forum or the Arizona forum, such a dilemma... But I ended up here :-)
My boyfriend and I are doing a one month road trip starting and ending in Denver. We have our route pretty much figured out, at least where national parks are concerned. But we're a bit stumped regarding the area around Page and Kanab. First of all, we will be driving a rental SUV, so no real offroading possible. We're in our early thirties and we like to hike, but nothing too "extreme" for me (no wading through mud or steep drops and nothing too strenuous). Also, I'm an avid photographer.
There seem to be a lot of guided tours to inaccessible places, but it can be quite pricey so we can't do too many of those. White Pocket appeals to me a lot (which can be done from Kanab and Page) and Rainbow Bridge via Lake Powell. Antelope seems like a "must" but we're hesitant as we really don't like tourist traps and large crowds. There are so many options of trips and combinations, quite difficult to choose... Any recommendations?
Also, we'd like to hike in places we can reach on our own, as we prefer to hike alone on our own time and not depend on others. Are there places like that, accessible by paved roads or dirt roads in good condition and preferably photogenic/beautiful?
Here is our itinerary for the days in and around Page and Kanab:
Friday September 27th: visit Grand Canyon South (hotel in Williams)
Saturday September 28th: drive from Williams to Page - visit Grand Canyon South
Sunday September 29th: full day in/around Page (to be determined)
Monday September 30th: Page to Grand Canyon North Rim (visit Horseshoe Bend and Grand Canyon North Rim)
Tuesday October 1st: Grand Canyon North Rim to Kanab (visit Grand Canyon North Rim? and/or something else?)
Wednesday October 2nd: full day in/around Kanab (to be determined)
Thursday October 3rd: Kanab to Springdale (visit Coral Pink Sand Dunes +something else?)
We'll be visiting Zion, Bryce, etc. after that.
Any suggestions and pointers are welcome :-)